Wesley Wins ECAC South Championship
DOVER, Del. - With runners on second and third in the bottom of the tenth, Bryan Reshetar (Newark, Del./Hodgson Vo-Tech) hit an 0-2 pitch over the drawn in infield to drive home the winning run and lift Wesley College to the 2010 ECAC South Championship.
After the game, he was named the Most Outstanding Player in the tournament.
The game-winning hit came after both teams came from behind in the ninth inning. Wesley (29-13) led 4-3 with two outs and no one on in the top of the ninth. Back-to-back singles through the left side by pinch hitter Tim Dougherty and Bobby Callan put the winning run on base for Mathieu Vallieres. The left fielder took the second pitch he saw and drove a mammoth three run shot over the right field wall to erase Wesley's lead and give Neumann (20-18-1) a 6-4 lead.
Reshetar led off the bottom of the inning with a single to center and Seth Hastings (Seaford, Del./Sussex Tech) was hit by a pitch to put the tying run on base. Greg McKee (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney) bunted both runners into scoring position for pinch hitter Steve Perone (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery). Perone hit one in the hole on the left side for an infield single allowing Reshetar to score. Billy Crowe (Newark, Del./Salesianum) then ripped an RBI single up the middle to tie the game.
The Knights were set down in order in the top of the 10th before Grant Morlock (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) walked on four pitches to lead off the bottom of the inning for Wesley. Kevin Murphy (Middletown, Md./Middletown) bunted and was safe on an error that allowed Morlock to move to third. Then with one out, Reshetar fell behind 0-2 before taking a pitch over the second baseman's head with the infield in allowing Morlock to trot home with the winning run.
Callan had led off the game with a triple and scored on an RBI single by Vallieres, but Wesley scored twice in both the first and second innings to take a 4-1 lead. In the first, Morlock walked, moved to second and scored on a single by Murphy. Murphy then stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before a Tyler Burns (Dover, Del./Dover) sacrifice fly gave the Wolverines the lead.
Hastings led of the second with a triple and McKee brought him home with a sacrifice fly. Crowe then reached on an error and scored on Rob Benedict's (Drexel Hill, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) RBI double to stretch the lead to 4-1.
A Matt Grossi single in the fourth cut it to 4-2 before the Knights rallied in the sixth. Gary Mitchell doubled to lead off the inning and scored on a one out hit by Grossi. Infield hits by Kevin Flanigan and Brent Tamane loaded the bases, but DJ Keckler (Fallston, Md./Fallston) struck out the next two batters to end the threat.
The exciting finish in the ninth and 10th negated a strong outing by Keckler, who tossed the first eight innings, allowing just eight hits and a walk and struck out eight.
Knight starter Josh Krautwald was equally impressive through eight innings, holding the Wolverines to just four hits over that span before allowing Reshetar and Hastings to reach base to open the ninth. Neumann then turned to the bullpen, which allowed both runners to score.
Kyle McGuire (Hartly, Del./Polytech) blew the save in the ninth, but picked up his eighth win of the year in the 10th.
Reshetar went 2-for-5 in the game, scored in the ninth inning comeback and drove home the winning run. Morlock walked and scored twice, while Hastings also crossed home plate twice.
Callan had three hits for Neumann, including a triple. Vallieres had two hits and four RBIs, while Grossi drove home two runs on two hits.
In the semifinals earlier in the day, Wesley's Michael Bazoge (Medford, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford) held Bethany (22-18) to just two runs on seven hits and a walk over seven innings, striking out eight to pick up his fourth win. The offense, meanwhile, broke the game open with a six run second as the Wolverines went on to win 12-2.
Casey Rothwell (Cheltenham, Pa./Cheltenham) started the big second inning with a two run homer to left, his first at Wesley. Murphy and Burns added RBI singles in the inning, Reshetar had a sacrifice fly and Burns scored on an error to put Wesley ahead 6-0.
RBI ground balls by Benedict and Ryan Ziolkowski (Fallston, Md./Fallston) brought home single runs in each the third and fourth before Bethany got on the board via a wild pitch and an error in the fifth to make it 8-2.
Wesley answered right back in the bottom of the fifth, however, with a two-run double by Burns that stretched the lead to 10-2. In the sixth, Hastings led off with at triple and scored on a throwing error and Morlock added an RBI single for the game's final run.
Jake Dunn (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn) relieved Bazoge in the eighth and pitched two scoreless innings. Benedict, Morlock and Burns had three hits each to lead a Wesley offense that cranked out 16 hits. Burns drove in three runs, while McKee scored three times.
Tyler Dillinger, Anthony Packer and Alex Evans had multi-hit games for the Bison, who were undone in part by five errors on defense.
Neumann's near comeback in the championship game would have been their second of the day. An RBI double by Flanigan and a two-run single by Tamane in the eighth broke a 3-3 tie to lead the Knights to a 6-3 victory over La Roche.
Wesley's ECAC crown ends an 11-year draught since Wesley won the 1999 Pennsylvania Athletic Conference title. It is also the second ECAC championship for the program, with the first coming in 1992.
The Wolverines 29 wins were just one short of the school record.